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Zagat Names Boston Area’s 10 Hottest New Restaurants

Zagat helps our summer dining plans by identifying ten of the hottest new restaurants in the Boston area – and we thank them for compiling an interesting list (and with a few favorites)!

Cur, 1 Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA
First Printer, 15 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA
Gem, 42 Province Street, Boston, MA
Happy’s Bar + Kitchen, 1363 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
jm Curley, 21 Temple Place, Boston, MA
Moksa, 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Olives, 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA
Painted Burro, 219 Elm Street, Somerville, MA
Rosa Mexicano, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA
West Bridge, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Happy eating!

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Hotel Veritas awarded “Small Business of the Year” by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce

At Hotel Veritas, we love being a small, independent hotel.  We are able to make immediate decisions regarding what’s best for our guests, what’s best for our owners, and what’s best for the staff.  We don’t have layers of managers, regional managers, district managers, directors, and executive committees involved in our little hotel (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Last night, we received the “Small Business of the Year” award from the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce during their annual “Excellence in Business” awards dinner – and we are so honored.  The Small Business of the Year award recognizes a small business in the Cambridge area that:
• Demonstrates excellence, professionalism, leadership and originality in its industry;
• Exhibits a tangible record of positive impact on the community;
• Has fewer than fifty employees and has been a Chamber member for at least one year.

Cambridge is an amazing city in which to do business.  We have incredibly supportive organizations such as the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Harvard Square Business Association, and the Cambridge Office of Tourism.

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is a 1,500-member not-for-profit organization representing all sectors of the Cambridge economy. Its diverse membership and deep expertise in government affairs, business development, professional development and business philanthropy attract employers of all sizes.

Since its inception, the Chamber has been actively engaging local business leaders in governmental and philanthropic activities, connecting and educating its members, and providing a forum for addressing the needs of the Cambridge business community.

We are so happy that our little hotel was recognized with this award.


100th “Excellent” Review on TripAdvisor for Hotel Veritas!

Since Hotel Veritas opened in May of 2010, we are honored to have received so many great reviews posted on TripAdvisor by our guests.  This week, we received our 100th “Excellent” review and we are so thrilled.  We do read every review which is posted, because listening to our guests is extremely important to us.  We love when we make a connection with our guests and are disappointed when we fall short on meeting their expectations.  The reviews of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor allow us to acknowledge the staff who strive each day to deliver the highest level of service and to fine tune our operations in order to satisfy our guests’ needs.

We’ve been very fortunate that most of the reviews have been very complimentary of the service, decor, location, and amenities of the hotel.  The ongoing concerns which are expressed are the small size of our rooms and the noise from the street and subway – two things which we can’t change.  While it may seem strange, we truly love when guests post about these issues, because it helps potential guests determine if we are the right choice for them.

Thank you to the 131 guests who have posted their reviews of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor – and especially to the 100 who rated us as “Excellent!”


NEW iPad App from Condé Nast Johansens

We’re excited that the new Condé Nast Johansens iPad app is here! The guides are free to download and features all of their recommended hotels (including Hotel Veritas, of course!) It offers comprehensive information about our hotel and the option for guests to check availability directly through our website. Start downloading it here. Hope you like it!


Hotel Veritas celebrates 2nd anniversary with 2nd TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

Today is the second anniversary of the opening of Hotel Veritas and we just received word that we were awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row!  We’re thrilled that our guests have shared their comments so often on TripAdvisor and that we are ranked the number one hotel in Cambridge.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced that it is awarding highly rated accommodations, restaurants and attractions with the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence Award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”


2012 James Beard Award Winners near Hotel Veritas

On your next visit to Hotel Veritas, you can experience two of the latest recipients of the James Beard Award.

Best Chef, Northeast:  Tim Cushman, O Ya
Outstanding Wine Program: No. 9 Park

We’re getting hungry and thirsty just typing this.

 


“RAISE THE ROOF” Benefit Exhibition Returns May 5 – 28, 2012

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents RAISE THE ROOF, a show of art works by CCAE students and teachers – past and present – which will run from May 5 – 28, 2012.

“This is one of the most exciting art shows the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has ever done,” says executive director Susan Hartnett. “We expect to exhibit more than 400 works of art by artists at all stages in their careers – from the most accomplished to the very beginner.”

All work on display will be offered for sale to the public — most of it in the very affordable $100 – 300 range.

“The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education,” says Hartnett. “CCAE will use its share to fund improvements to our class rooms, including but not limited to new lighting, new storage units and new sinks.”

RAISE THE ROOF first transpired in the spring of 2010, when a group of students and teachers joined with Hartnett to raise money to fix two leaky roofs over CCAE’s art and dance studios.

This year RAISE THE ROOF is being organized by Julia Csekö, an artist and independent curator who has worked with both emerging and established professionals through a series of exhibitions at GroupPy. She is also a second-year graduate student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“Julia has recently discovered and fallen in love with CCAE – our teachers, our students and our staff,” says Hartnett. “She now teaches here and has been visiting all of our art classes to reach out to everyone.

The first RAISE THE ROOF featured drawings, paintings and photographs.

“This year we are expanding to include sculpture, too,” says Csekö, “And Harvard University has donated the use of a great exhibit space at 92 Mount Auburn Street (formerly the Globe Corner Bookstore) which has track lighting, huge windows, and tremendous visibility. The exhibit will be staffed from 12 noon to 9:00 pm daily, but because of the fantastic location, most  of the show will be on view 24 hours a day.”

So far RAISE THE ROOF has been a lot of fun.

“The students and teachers are very devoted to the Center,” says Csekö. “There has been very strong interest in participating and contributing art work. Not only current but former students are eager to be involved, too.”

RAISE THE ROOF is part of CCAE’s ongoing revitalization of their Brattle Street campus.

“We have been raising money so that we can address historic preservation, energy efficiency, and classroom upgrades in our beloved buildings,” says Hartnett, “so that the Cambridge Center can flourish in the 21st century.”

“We hope everyone who visits Harvard Square during the month of May will drop by RAISE THE ROOF. Even if they are not able to buy a work of art,” adds Hartnett, “they will be inspired by the range and quality of work on display.”

There is an opening reception party on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm,  which everyone is welcome to attend.

Who:    CCAE students, instructors, and alumni

What:   Benefit exhibition of 400 art works to raise money for CCAE

When:   Saturday, May 5 – Monday, May 28, 2012

Where:  92 Mount Auburn Street in the heart of Harvard Square

Hours:  12 noon – 9:00 pm daily

Party:  Opening Reception on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Cost:   Opening reception is FREE (original works of art will be for sale at a range of affordable prices)

Phone:  617-547-6789 x1

Web:    http://www.ccae.org/raisetheroof


Hotel Veritas – a 2012 “Best of New England” by Yankee Magazine!

Hotel Veritas has been recognized as a 2012 “Editors’ Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine‘s Travel Guide to New England!

“Best Posh Retreat For Scholars”
“If you had a decadently wealthy but utterly refined Italian uncle who also taught at Harvard for his own amusement, his house might look something like this 31-room hotel, shoehorned into a tiny lot at the edge of Harvard Square. Rooms are compact but brilliantly designed: intimate rather than cramped.”

This designation is awarded by Yankee‘s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list. For 36 years, Yankee Magazine‘s Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference.

“This special travel issue highlights ‘The Best of New England’: more sights to see, things to do, places to eat or spend an overnight than most of us could possibly fit into even the most jam-packed vacation,” says Yankee‘s editor Mel Allen.  “Wherever you may travel this season in New England, there’s certain to be a Yankee ‘Best’ nearby.”

Yankee Magazine’s May/June 2012 Travel Guide, on newsstands April 24, feature 287 “Best of New England – Editor’s Choice” selections, which include the region’s best dining and lodging venues, attractions, adventures, local secrets, and bargains. This special issue also names 120 top events around New England and shares 15 walks – from strolls on Martha’s Vineyard, an inn-to-inn trek in Vermont, and a cliff walk in Maine.  Treat yourself and celebrate with fresh recipes for summer’s first fruit – strawberries.  Plus, feast in the best 12 lobster shacks in our six-state region.


Earn free nights at Hotel Veritas!

We are very excited to announce that we are now a partner hotel with Stash Hotel Rewards, a hotel rewards program for authentic, independently-run hotels. Members earn and redeem points for free nights at one-of-a-kind hotels across the U.S., including some of the best spas in Napa, upscale resorts in the Rockies and Florida, and boutique gems in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C, and now Hotel Veritas!

Start earning points on your next stay by joining Stash Rewards now!

 


Say “Konichiwa” Faster!

With the newly launched direct flights between Boston and Toyko on Japan Airlines, it now takes less time to say “Konichiwa!”  Passengers travel on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner on this first ever direct route between Boston and Asia.  The daily flights (as of June 1, 2012) leave Boston at 1:20pm and arrive in Tokyo at 4:00pm the next day.  The return flight departs Tokyo at 11:30am and arrive in Boston at 11:20am.

As you’ve probably heard, the Dreamliner is made primarily of carbon fiber and has advanced LED mood lighting.  the windows are 1.3 times larger than a standard airplane window and have liquid crystal electrical shades.

We look forward to welcoming many more Japanese visitors to Hotel Veritas!